Negro they say racism is dead



Negro they say racism is dead

Because our lawns are no longer burning at the cross


Negro they say slavery is over

Because who’s really still pickin cotton?


Negro they say slavery was bad

But look what it built

Look what it inspired


Negro they say they built this place

Negro they say they made this place

Negro it wasn’t them who whipped your ancestors


So who’s really to blame?


Because we are no longer

Hung from trees

Left as a warning for

Our families to see


What’s really the problem?


Negroes can’t walk like a negro

Can’t talk like a negro

Can’t act like a negro

Can’t dance like a Negro

Can’t have hair like a negro


Yet

Negro can’t have a nice car in

Unknown territory

Negro can’t wear hoodie

Negro can’t walk with friends

Negro can’t drive

Negro can’t breathe

Negro can’t believe


the asphalt

Facedown

Memorizing every pebble

Who says we don’t get to see our caskets?


Negro knows what his deathbed

Will look like

Cold to the touch

Running red with his blood


We are taught to be cautious

Hands where we can see them

Slow movements

Slower movements


Answer the question

Don’t resist

Answer the question

Why are you moving?

Don’t. Resist.


We are taught being loud and proud

Is an honor to our people

Who were silenced

Long before they learned to speak


But better to live in fear

Than die a martyr

Better assimilate

To have a chance to procreate


I am afraid


Looking like me

we know the first thing you see

Negro please


Signed,

The Poet


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